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Sidney Crosby Biography

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Sidney Crosby Biography

 

Sidney Crosby is known as one of the most anticipated new players to lace up a pair of skates in years, he is believed by many to have innate talent comparable to that of Legendary Wayne Gretzky (also known as “The Great One”) and other NHL super stars, an assessment that has led to the nickname, “The Next One”.

Crosby was drafted first overall in the QMJHL Draft on June 7, 2003 by the Rimouski Océanic and he quickly went on to win the QMJHL scoring title while setting new records for 16-year-olds during his rookie season. He achieved 54 goals and 81 assists during his first season with Rimouski.

On July 22, 2005 the NHL, upon ratification of its new collective bargaining agreement, held its first ever league wide draft lottery, that was won by the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins then selected Sidney Crosby as tier first selection and the first overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. It gave Crosby the opportunity to play along side the man to whom he has drawn several comparisons, Mario Lemieux.

Sidney Crosby played his first professional NHL game on October 5, 2005 against the New Jersey Devils. He contributed an assist on a goal that was scored by Mark Recchi. He continued his success in his next two NHL games, registering an assist against the Carolina Hurricanes on October 7, 2005, and then scoring his first career NHL goal and adding two assists against the Boston Bruins the next night. Crosby’s first NHL goal came against goaltender Hannu Toivonen and was assisted by line mates Mark Recchi and Zigmund Palffy.

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On Thursday, November 4, Sidney recorded his first 2-goal game against the New York Islanders in a 5-1 win. Sidney also put up an assist for a three point night. This performance came just after receiving recognition as the October Rookie of the month. November was a very exciting month for Sidney. On November 10, he scored a shootout winning goal on home ice, against the Montreal Canadiens (Crosby’s favorite team growing up). The 18 year old sensation scored the deciding shoot out goal on a backhand shot, roofing the puck past goaltender Jose Theodore, sending the net minder’s water bottle skyward and the Mellon Arena crowd into a frenzy.

Just six days later, in Philadelphia, he was high sticked by the Flyers’ Derian Hatcher during regulation play, cutting his lip and chipping his two front teeth. However, the rough-housing only seemed to ignite and inspire the talented youngster, as he scored the game winning goal in sudden death overtime to defeat the Flyers.

On November 22, Crosby took part in the first of what is sure to be many head-to-head duels between himself and Washington Capitals rookie phenomena, Alexander Ovechkin. Sidney scored a first period goal in which he split two Capital defensemen, and then closed in on goaltender Olaf Kolzig, beating the Washington puck stopper with a backhand move very similar to the one which beat Montreal’s Theodore just days prior. Once again, the goaltender’s water bottle was sent skyward.

On April 13, 2006, Crosby broke Mario Lemieux’s rookie assist record, during a win over the New York Rangers. Lemieux recorded 57 assists in his rookie year and Crosby went on to tally 63 assists by the end of his first season, making it a new Pittsburgh Penguins club rookie record. six days later after breaking Lemieux’s rookie assist record he scored his 102th point, 2 ahead of Lemieux’s 1984-85 rookie record. He finished the season sixth over all in the league scoring race and seventh in the NHL in assists. His stellar rookie performance earned him a nomination for the Calder trophy, awarded to the leagues best rookie. However he finished second in Calder Memorial Trophy voting behind Alexander Ovechkin whom scored 50 goals.

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Because the Pittsburgh Penguins failed to make the playoffs during the 2006 season Crosby was able to represent Team Canada once again on the international scene. From May 5 to May 21, 2006, he participated World Championships, where he became the youngest player ever to win a World Championship scoring title. He tallied a tournament-best eight goals and eight assists in nine games. Also, Crosby was named the tournament’s top forward and to the competition’s all-star team.

Stay tuned for the next chapter in Sidney Crosby’s professional career.

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